27. april 2018

Siri Thoresen


Photo: Ingar Sørensen

Siri Thoresen, PhD (Psychology), is a senior researcher at Norwegian Center for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies.

Thoresen has conducted research on a variety of topics within the violence and traumatic stress fields, including domestic violence, childhood violence, revictimisation, and consequences of violence, such as shame, loneliness and health problems. One recent study concerned the prevalence and consequences of violence in Norway.

Her particular research interests include social relationships and social responses, life course perspectives, and research methodology.

Key note title

What lies ahead for those kids? Child and adolescent victimization and the paths to adulthood

Decades of research has demonstrated the negative consequences of childhood physical violence, sexual abuse, neglect, and psychological abuse. More recently, studies have followed victimized young people over years and identified how the footprints of childhood experiences put them at risk of new victimization and other difficulties later in life. In this talk, I will focus on four challenges revealed by these studies.

Protection: The risk of revictimization in young adults exposed to child abuse is high and close in time, and efforts are necessary to protect against new violent experiences. Cross-over: The risk of revictimization is not restricted to the same type of violent event, which requires awareness in clinical settings.

Clusters: Different types of violence victimization come in clusters and often co-occur with other traumatic events and school bullying. This calls for integration of fragmented research fields.

In the eyes of others: Violence-related shame, social interactions, and devaluation or withdrawal from other people may be decisive in shaping the paths to adulthood. A change in the way we perceive victimization and victimized individuals in society may be necessary to target shame and shaming.

Download the slides from Thoresen’s presentation (pdf)